What is a .BDF File And How To Open It – Adobe Systems (Visual Guide)

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Introduction

While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .bdf extension. Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. Fear not, in this article we will show you how to easily open the .bdf file in few simple steps on various systems.

What is a .BDF file?

The file extension .BDF stands for Glyph Bitmap Distribution Format. This file extension belongs to the developer Adobe Systems. The file is a font related file.

What to know

There is currently 1 software that can open the .bdf file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .BDF file?

Below we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to open the .BDF file on various operating systems.

How to open a .BDF file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

The .bdf file can be opened in 4 steps on Windows.

1. The first step is to download the FontForge software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .BDF file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the FontForge software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .BDF file on Mac

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .bdf file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the FontForge software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: FontForge.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .BDF file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the FontForge software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .BDF file on Linux

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .bdf file on Linux in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the FontForge software. This software will be used for opening the file. You can also use FontForge software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .BDF file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the FontForge software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .BDF file?

If you cannot open the .BDF file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .BDF file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .bdf – Binary Data File, .bdf – MSC Software. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .BDF file with the FontForge program on Windows, FontForge program on Mac and FontForge software on Linux.